Oct. 13, 1932 — Oct. 12, 2013
The funeral service for Lucille Dorothy (Weaver) Gilbert, 80, of Aberdeen, S.D., and formerly of Brookings, S.D., will be at 10 a.m., Saturday, Oct. 12, 2013, at Touchet Church, 196 Balm Street, Touchet, with Pastor Rocco Shanks Jr. officiating. Burial will be at the Touchet Cemetery in Touchet.
Lucille died Sunday, Sept. 29, 2013, at ManorCare Health Services, Aberdeen, S.D. Arrangements are by Spitzer-Miller Funeral Home, 1111 S. Main St., Aberdeen, www.spitzerfuneralhome.com, and Herring Groseclose Funeral Home, 315 W. Alder St, Walla Walla.
Lucille Dorothy (Weaver) Gilbert was born Oct. 13, 1932, at a neighbor’s home in rural Walla Walla, to William and Vina (Poirier) Weaver, the youngest of six children. She grew up milking cows and tending the farm with her family in Gardena. She graduated from Touchet High School in 1950 and went on to study at Central Bible Institute in Springfield, Mo., majoring in missions.
It was in college that she met and later married Howard Alden Gilbert of Coulee City, Wash. They were united in marriage June 28, 1957, and moved to Ilwaco, Wash. After living and serving at the Assembly of God church in Ilwaco, Pullman and Corvallis, Ore., the Gilberts moved to Brookings, S.D., in 1966.
After finding there was a need for day care providers, Dorothy decided to start her “missions” work of serving more than 200 children and their families until she retired as a “day care Grandma” in 2000. Dorothy was extremely involved with the Brookings First Assembly of God Church from the first Sunday it opened its doors at the former Brookings County Extension Office in 1960, and later at the Brookings Wesleyan Church from 1977 until 2000.
Dorothy loved opening her home to college students and often had many of them for Hobo Day Chili Feeds. We know Dorothy is worshipping God before His throne now, not because of the wonderful things she did but because of the God she whole-heartedly trusted.
Dorothy is survived by her sons, Doug (Marla) of Bridgewater, S.D., and Dan (MaryKay) of Brookings, S.D., and her daughters, Dawnna (David) Berndt of White, S.D., and Debra (Brian) LaCroix of Aberdeen, S.D. She is remembered by 15 grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; one brother, John Weaver of Walla Walla; brothers-in-law, Truman Winegar of Ellensburg, and James Trumble of Colorado Springs, Colo.; and many nieces and nephews. Dorothy is preceded in death by her husband, parents, two sisters-in-law, four sisters, one brother-in-law, a niece and two nephews.